This book satisfies a real need describing as it does the growth of Don Bosco’s work with historical accuracy and in pleasant style.
Going back one hundred and fifty years, the Salesian story is one of continuous growth. There was no need therefore to divide it into different periods. Because Don Bosco’s childhood was the foundation of his achievement, it seems only natural to begin with his birth in 1815 and to conclude with the Salesian General Chapter in 1965.
Arbitrary divisions have been avoided, because the hundred and fifty years in question are naturally divided by Don Bosco’s death in 1888. This was a decisive year in which the founding period ends and development begins.
The chapters of Part I (1815-1888) trace the growth of Don Bosco’s work during his lifetime; those of Part II (1888-1965) show consolidation and world-wide expansion after his death.
The chapters in Part II take into account the work of the various rectors major who succeeded Don Bosco in presiding over a highly centralized Congregation. They also describe the division of the Salesian family into three branches: the Salesian Society, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and the Association of Salesian Cooperators.
An appendix by Father David de Burgh, S.D.B. carries the history of the Society through the Age of Renewal, 1965 to 1977, mandated by the Second Vatican Council.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I: THE BEGINNINGS OF THE SALESIAN WORK 1815-1888
Chapter 1: JOHN BOSCO’S EARLY YEARS – 1815-1841
Chapter 2: THE BEGINNINGS OF THE ORATORY – 1841-1847
Chapter 3: THE ORATORY HOUSE – 1847 AND 1862 THE ARTISANS
Chapter 4: THE ORATORY HOUSE – 1847 AND 1862 THE STUDENTS
Chapter 5: THE STUDENT SOCIETIES
Chapter 6: DOMINIC SAVIO, 1842-1857
Chapter 7: RECREATION
Chapter 8: BIRTH OF THE SALESIAN SOCIETY, 1850-1864
Chapter 9: THE SALESIAN COADJUTORS
Chapter 10: THE SALESIAN CONSTITUTIONS UP TO 1874
Chapter 11: THE APOSTOLATE IN ITALY FROM 1863 TO 1875
Chapter 12: BEGINNINGS OF THE WORK IN EUROPE 1875-1888
Chapter 13: SALESIAN REGULATIONS UP TO 1888
Chapter 14: MARY MAZZARELLO (1837-1881)
Chapter 15: THE SALESIAN SISTERS UNTIL THE DEATH OF DON BOSCO
Chapter 16: THE SALESIAN COOPERATORS
Chapter 17: THE SALESIANS IN AMERICA THE FIRST MISSIONS, 1875-1888
Chapter 18: CONSOLIDATION OF THE CONGREGATION, 1874-1888
PART II: CONSOLIDATION AND WORLD EXPANSION OF THE SALESIAN WORK AFTER 1888
Chapter 19: MICHAEL RUA, 1837-1910
Chapter 20: THE SALESIANS IN EUROPE UNDER FATHER RUA
Chapter 21: PROGRESS IN AMERICA AND FIRST STEPS IN ASIA AND AFRICA
Chapter 22: PAUL ALBERA AND PHILIP RINALDI
Chapter 23: PETER RICALDONE AND RENATO ZIGGIOTTI
Chapter 24: GENERAL CHAPTERS; REGULATIONS AND CONSTITUTIONS OF THE SALESIAN SOCIETY AFTER 1888
Chapter 25: SALESIAN FORMATION
Chapter 26: THE SALESIAN MISSIONS AFTER 1910
Chapter 27: SALESIANS UNDER PERSECUTION
Chapter 28: THE SALESIAN SISTERS AFTER 1888
Chapter 29: THE COOPERATORS AFTER 1888
Chapter 30: THE PAST PUPILS
Chapter 31: NEW TRENDS
Chapter 32: THE SALESIANS AFTER VATICAN II
Reference time period: 1815 – 1965
Morand Wirth, Don Bosco and the Salesians. From the translation by David de Burgh, S.D.B., New Rochelle, New York, Don Bosco Publications, 1982
Centro Studi Don Bosco